60 Dale Carnegie Quotes That Will Keep You From Quitting


Dale Carnegie, author of one of the bestselling self-help books of all-time How To Win Friends And Influence People, has an incredible story.

Besides training business people with his books and speaking classes, he later opened the Dale Carnegie Institute for professional development. This institute spread like wildfire to over 750 American cities and 15 different countries before he died in 1955.

In fact, Warren Buffett states that his professional speaking degree from Carnegie is the most valuable degree he ever got.

So here’s this massively successful guy, and get this: Did you know that he came from nothing but poverty?

A guy who grew up without money and without the Internet, went on to impact millions of lives across the globe. That proves there is no excuse to become the best version of yourself and improve the lives of those around you. Nothing is stopping you.

Carnegie also wrote and spoke a bunch of gems in his time. Take a look at this wisdom from one of the best personal development coaches to do it.

Dale Carnegie Quotes

1. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

2. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

3. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

4. “The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” – Dale Carnegie

5. “When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” – Dale Carnegie

6. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

7. “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie

8. “Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” – Dale Carnegie

9. “You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

10. “Winning friends begins with friendliness.” – Dale Carnegie

11. “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

12. “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie

13. “You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

14. “Arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him. He who cannot walks a lonely way.” – Dale Carnegie

15. “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie

16. “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” – Dale Carnegie

17. “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie

18. “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.” – Dale Carnegie

19. “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie

20. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie

21. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie

22. “Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” – Dale Carnegie

23. “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.” – Dale Carnegie

24. “Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.” – Dale Carnegie

25. “Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today.” – Dale Carnegie

26. “Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” – Dale Carnegie

27. “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” – Dale Carnegie

28. “There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” – Dale Carnegie

29. “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” – Dale Carnegie

30. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

31. “The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.” – Dale Carnegie

32. “Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” – Dale Carnegie

33. “Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” – Dale Carnegie

34. “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” – Dale Carnegie

35. “Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” – Dale Carnegie

36. “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” – Dale Carnegie

37. “Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.” – Dale Carnegie

38. “Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.” – Dale Carnegie

39. “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

40. “The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” – Dale Carnegie

41. “The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.” – Dale Carnegie

42. “It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.” – Dale Carnegie

43. “Big shots are only little shots who kept on shooting.” – Dale Carnegie

44. “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.” – Dale Carnegie

45. “For better or worse, you must play your own instrument in the orchestra of life.” – Dale Carnegie

46. “I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument – and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you would avoid rattlesnakes and earthquakes.” – Dale Carnegie

47. “Criticisms are like homing pigeons. They always return home.” – Dale Carnegie

48. “You can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry.” – Dale Carnegie

49. “One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” – Dale Carnegie

50. “Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.” – Dale Carnegie

51. “Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.” – Dale Carnegie

52. “Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don’t put off being happy until some future date.” – Dale Carnegie

53. “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” – Dale Carnegie

54. “You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you.” – Dale Carnegie

55. “If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.” – Dale Carnegie

56. “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” – Dale Carnegie

57. “Fear is the result of a lack of confidence. A lack of confidence is the result of not knowing what you can do. A lack of knowing what you can do is caused by a lack of experience. A lack of experience is caused by a lack of doing something new.” Dale Carnegie

58. “Rule number one: Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.” – Dale Carnegie

59. “It raises one above the herd and gives one a feeling of nobility and exaltation to admit one’s mistakes.” – Dale Carnegie

60. “Be concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Dale Carnegie

The key message I took away is to never, ever, give up.

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Brian Robben

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